Pure Content

Look at more stuff. Think about it harder.
6.25.2002
 Brad

lists

More from Red Chair. This time ... Favorite Place

Marker 13, HH1.SC
Kauai
Grand Cayman
The Beach (Kure)
My room!
Home
Play
The “FATDOG”
The Greenbrier
Mom’s house
Grand Summit!
My bed
65 ft under water
100 ft up
Grand Summit
Gifford’s Ice Cream, W. VA
OBX
Moran’s Hoboken, NJ
Blue Ridge Mountains
Top of Fox Glacier, New Zealand
New Zealand, South Island
Deutschland
The River! (Deltaville, Bob and Charlotte’s Place)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Red Chair!
The top of the hill looking out over the filed towards the elm tree. This is where all roads lead. This is my inner sanctum.

 Brad

lists

I've been in a coaching job all day, so I apologize for not posting much. A week or two ago, we launched Red Chair. At the launch party, we had boards up for our guests to write down "books to read" and "CDs to listen to" and so forth. In the vein of McSweeney's, we'll be sharing them with you. Here's one of them (there are more coming):

Favorite Book

Power of Myth – Joseph Campbell
From Here to Nowhere – Eric Booker
All Kinds of Minds
Twas the Night before Christmas (pop-up)
The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
Early from the Dance – David Payne
The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
Jonathon Livingston Seagull – Sebastian Bach
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
Adams – McCullough
Divine Secrets of the YA YA Sisterhood!
Angle of Repose – Wallace Stegner
Crossing to Safety
Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership – Jowarski
Undaunted Courage – Steven Ambrose
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Girl with the Pearl Earing
How to Love Women – Leon Phelphs
For Esmee with Love – J.D.S.
Zen and the Art of Motocycle Maintenance
Little Women (dedicated to John and Steve)
The Giving Tree – Shel Silvestein
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Ohio DMV Manual
The Education of Little Tree – Forest Carter
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand (awesome)
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket – Seuss
Don’t Stop the Carnival – H. Wonk

6.24.2002
 Brad

Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell has a new piece: The Televisionary: Big business and the myth of the lone inventor. Although it's not as profound as his other pieces, it hits some pretty good points, especially regarding the importance of relying on a team. Here's the introductory paragraph:

"Philo T. Farnsworth was born in 1906, and he looked the way an inventor of that era was supposed to look: slight and gaunt, with bright-blue exhausted eyes, and a mane of brown hair swept back from his forehead. He was nervous and tightly wound. He rarely slept. He veered between fits of exuberance and depression. At the age of three, he was making precise drawings of the internal mechanisms of locomotives. At six, he declared his intention to follow in the footsteps of Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. At fourteen, while tilling a potato field on his family's farm in Idaho, he saw the neat, parallel lines of furrows in front of him, and it occurred to him—in a single, blinding moment—that a picture could be sent electronically through the airwaves in the same way, broken down into easily transmitted lines and then reassembled into a complete picture at the other end. He went to see his high-school science teacher, and covered the blackboard with drawings and equations. At nineteen, after dropping out of college, he impressed two local investors with his brilliance and his conviction. He moved to California and set up shop in a tiny laboratory. He got married on an impulse. On his wedding night, he seized his bride by the shoulders and looked at her with those bright-blue eyes. 'Pemmie,' he said. 'I have to tell you. There is another woman in my life—and her name is Television.' "

 Brad

press release

On Friday, we posted a new press release at our site. Here it is: Play Adds New Teammates to Growing Roster; Areas of Expertise: Knowledge Management, Organizational Development. Richmond, VA (June 20) - In order to support growing client work with companies such as Nike and Mattel, Play has added two new teammates. ...go


 Brad

do you smell that?

Some scientists in Hong Kong have developed mannequins that sweat. Although they're to be used for testing new clothes, how gross would it be if they were used for displaying them? Unless, of course, you were in Niketown or something.

who / what / why

At Play we create brands, strategies, new products, and better cultures for Fortune 100 companies. Our formula for creativity: "Look at more stuff. Think about it harder." Pure Content is one place where we do that, daily.

the cool kids' table

Ben Domenech
(politics, football, and a boatload of know-how)

Creative Generalist
(if Pure Content had a doppelganger ...)

Heath Row
(punk + business
+ creativity = Heath)

search

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stuck in an airport

architecture
A Pattern Language

business
Creative Company
Orbiting the Giant Hairball
The Ultimate Book of Business Creativity

life
The Little Prince

philosophy
Wittgenstein's Poker

physics
The Dancing Wu Li Masters

sociology
The Tipping Point

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